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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Sufficiency of Scripture

Many evangelicals hold to the inerrancy of Scripture but we have seemed to have lost the battle when it comes to the sufficiency of Scripture. We draw hard lines when the Bible is attacked and said to be erroneous by liberal theologians and unbelievers. But, we are slow to stand when people question whether Scripture is sufficient for the church and the follower of Christ.

The focus of how we do church and live our lives should be driven by God’s Word. This does not mean that I am against certain methods or strategies. God has uniquely gifted and equipped His followers to spread His gospel. He will grow His church and He has ordained us to be part of that growth.

The question we must ask ourselves, however, is; are we guided by God’s Word or by man’s techniques and philosophies? Do we have confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture? Do we trust in the power of God or in the power of ourselves? II Corinthians 3:5 says “our sufficiency is from God”. Our sufficiency is not from man or man’s wisdom. Our sufficiency to live a life according to God’s plan, for His glory, is from Him.

Our theology must drive our methodology. If our method is in line with God’s leading and God’s Word we should be full throttle in carrying out His desires. If our method besmirches His leading or His Word our quick cessation is required.

Over the next few weeks we will examine what the Bible says about its authority and power. My desire is that we look at Scripture and let it speak for itself.

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